I think i first started becoming an information junkie when i seen the list for the irish blog awards. So many new blogs (to me), so much information… so many of those bloggers on twitter. Subscribing via RSS is what i would normally do but then my RSS reader was starting to get out of control. Information overload.
One monitor with tweetdeck running, one doing other random stuff. The problems arise when i’m not at home… i’m faced with a tough choice – left or right. As i only have a netbook with me at college, i must choose between tweetdeck or browser. Last week, i chose tweetdeck and left my netbook open at tweetdeck throughout lectures and any free time i had. If interesting links cropped up, i’d view them.
The rewards last week were fantastic – i discovered many interesting sites and resources – here’s a top 3;
- Use ctrl + tab to switch tabs in Firefox or alternatively ctrl+ 1 or 2 or 3 etc… to move to the tab you want
Had it not been for twitter, i would never have discovered any of that. All of those things above have already begun to increase the speed i work at. Ubiquity is a superb add on with massive potential. Creating my own handwriting is overkill, but it would look massively impressive on a CV for example – especially if i’m going for a tech job 😉 The windows hot keys to swap and change tabs is invaluable – saves me clicking.
It disappoints me when my college can’t match my own standards. If i can’t get online, i’m shut off from all of this valuable information. All of the above links and tips where found at home, not in college which says a lot about the state of DKIT’s wireless broadband.
Technically i’m in college 8 hours a day most days. Subtract an hour for eating and maybe another hour for changing classes etc… it should leave me with 6 hours of potential browsing time. Now i’m not gonna play around on my netbook for 6 hours non stop – but i like to have it there at all times. I like to see what’s going on and if i’m missing anything. If someone asks a question i know the answer to, i can check out some sites – i don’t have to listen to a lecturer explain something i already know.
It’s those little bits of time which all add up – it’s time wasted in my mind and i hate wasting any time. The thing is, these days, when i have a few hours off, i’ll add people on twitter or check out some new toys like above. That’s not time wasted. I’m learning – building up valuable skills, contacts and resources. HOWEVER if i don’t have stable internet access, i can’t do any of that.